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Note Left By President George Herbert Walker Bush In Oval Office Desk For President Bill Clinton

December 1, 2018

On Jan. 20, 1993, Bill Clinton entered the Oval Office for the first time as president. As is the tradition the out going president writes a note to the next person to sit in the Oval Office.  George Herbert Walker Bush wrote the following.

Dear Bill,

When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.

I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.

There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.

You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.

Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.

Good Luck — George


The Oval Office note that George H.W. Bush left for Bill Clinton. (Courtesy of Bill Clinton)

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